FlyOtto's Rod Rakic on how the new platform makes it easy for travelers to find, book, fly, and pay for regional trips on privately chartered aircraft.
While flying private is typically thought of as a privilege for the elite, FlyOtto makes it accessible to the everyday traveler...
Users enter their locations and immediately get a price quote, determined by an algorithm that combines such factors as distance, type of aircraft and number of seats needed. That simplifies a process usually entailing dozens of emails and several hours of waiting, Rakic said.
Like the Uber ride-sharing system, Rakic says, “We never leave a customer hanging for information on their requested flight.” FlyOtto hopes the exclusivity feature and the simple booking system will encourage other Part 135 operators to sign up, especially since there’s no cost for a charter company to register as a FlyOtto operator.
Rod Rakic is the Founder of OpenAirplane. His new venture, FlyOtto enables travelers to find, book and pay for trips on privately chartered aircrafts with a mobile device or computer.
OpenAirplane founder Rod Rakic said FlyOtto is perfect for the traveler who doesn't want to spend 4 to 6 hours in the car, or all day in airport terminals.
FlyOtto presents a simple interface to charter clients. There is no need for a membership, no initial or recurring fees, just two blank spaces to fill out on the website: the departure and destination locations.
If it sounds like Uber for airplanes, it’s similar, but uses only operators legal to fly under Part 135, with all of that regulation’s limitations. The traveler logs onto the website (flyotto.com), gives a departure and destination, and the service returns with choices of aircraft ranging from piston singles to turboprops.